Endgames from Wijk aan Zee (2)

by Karsten Müller
1/24/2023 – The much anticipated Tata Steel Chess Tournament is underway in Wijk aan Zee. GM Karsten Müller, our in-house endgame expert, continues to find instructive positions from the event in the Netherlands and shares his analyses with us. Find six such mini-lessons here. Enjoy! | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

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Middlegame or endgame?

In a long battle from round 7, Amin Tabatabaei defeated Erwin l’Ami after making the most of his initiative against Black’s weakened king. But L’Ami had a far-advanced passer all along. 

 

Queen endgames are tough, even for Carlsen

Nodirbek Abdusattorov is the sole leader in the Masters, and he even defeated 8-time tournament winner Magnus Carlsen to climb up the standings! The youngster did it in round 5, after Carlsen missed a chance to save a draw in a queen endgame.

 

A knight on the rim is dim

Wesley So showed his magnificent technique to beat Vincent Keymer in the sixth round of the Masters. An artificial knight move was the culprit of the German’s loss.

 

Passed pawns must be pushed...

...but when there is more than one passer, you should figure out which one to advance down the board. Failing to do so cost Abhimanyu Mishra a half point in round 6. 

 

Aronian’s technique

From an advantageous setup, Levon Aronian had no trouble showing the proper technique to get a full point in an endgame with bishop and knight against two bishops.

 

Simplifying into a winning endgame

In the all-Dutch confrontation between Erwin l’Ami and Max Warmerdam, the former not only found a great tactical shot in the middlegame, but also forced a queen trade at the right time.

 

Endgames of the World Champions from Fischer to Carlsen

Let endgame expert Dr Karsten Müller show and explain the finesses of the world champions. Although they had different styles each and every one of them played the endgame exceptionally well, so take the opportunity to enjoy and learn from some of the best endgames in the history of chess.


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Karsten Müller is considered to be one of the greatest endgame experts in the world. His books on the endgame - among them "Fundamentals of Chess Endings", co-authored with Frank Lamprecht, that helped to improve Magnus Carlsen's endgame knowledge - and his endgame columns for the ChessCafe website and the ChessBase Magazine helped to establish and to confirm this reputation. Karsten's Fritztrainer DVDs on the endgame are bestsellers. The mathematician with a PhD lives in Hamburg, and for more than 25 years he has been scoring points for the Hamburger Schachklub (HSK) in the Bundesliga.
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